You’re closer than you realize to knowing God and having a real relationship with Him. Sound crazy? It’s easy to look around us at the problems in the world, at our own internal mess, and decide that if there is a God out there, He’s probably not interested in you. Nothing could be further from the truth.
God is real, is active in our world, and wants you to know Him. So what’s the real hurdle to this new relationship?
It might be painful to admit it, but deep down, as much as we would like to think of ourselves as generally good, we know that our first inclination is for our own interests, our pleasure, and our priorities. But we’re tired of trying to find meaning in meaningless things, tired of being dependent on others for our worth. We know there has to be a better way to go through this life.
At our very core, even closer to the soul than we can fathom, we have this sense of what is right and wrong. We know what fairness looks like, and we know the sting of injustice. You’ve probably felt a nudge towards doing evil at times when you know it would be in your best interests to do otherwise. Where does this innate sense of right and wrong come from–this belief that there’s just something more out there?
This voice comes from God. We were made to have this yearning for Him. He’s been with you every step of the way, since before your first step. He offers us hope for something better in this life, and hope for life beyond death for those who trust Him.
The amazing thing about a journey toward knowing God is that He already knows you, loves you, and has been working in your soul since before you were born. God wants to literally re-make you into a new person.
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the most important step each of us can take to begin a walk that is filled with peace, purpose, and a promise! Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
New birth for each one of us starts with a personal decision and our belief that the Bible points the way for us to know salvation. At Christ Wesleyan, we like to say beginning this new life with Christ is as simple as A, B, C:
A – Admit you are a sinner. The Bible says that all have sinned and that we all fall short. (Romans 3:23)
B – Believe that Jesus died for your sins. The Bible says if we believe that Jesus died for our sins that we have the privilege of being saved. (Romans 10:9)
C – Confess your sins. The Bible says if we confess our sins, He will forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9)
D – Decide to invite Jesus into your heart. Giving Him control of your life is a conscious choice to start walking in a new direction and leaving your old life behind. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So, if we recognize the A, B, C’s of salvation, the next step is to invite Jesus into your heart by giving Him control of your life! That control of your life is a conscious choice to start walking in a new direction and leaving your old life behind.
If you are ready to make that decision, we would love the opportunity to lead you in that step.
Did you pray this prayer?
If yes–welcome to the family of God! Please take a moment to let us know so we can celebrate your new commitment together. We want to pray for you and help you grow in your relationship with Christ.
If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with him (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NCV).
You’ve been given a new life. It’s exciting to imagine what God will do! We know He has a great plan for your life. We pray that you will grow your faith by engaging in God’s Bible and finding a local church community.
Continue to learn. God wants to spend time with you and help you discover more of Him. He wants you to talk to Him and read the Bible, which contains the story of His great love. Begin with helpful devotional readings.
Find a local church. God is not asking you to walk this journey alone. In fact, spending time in worship and learning with other believers is crucial to growing as a Christian. Through regular interacting with other Christ-followers, you’ll be inspired and encouraged in practical ways to become who God wants you to be. We’d love for you to join us at CWC on Sunday mornings as a next step in your new walk with Christ.